I've always felt that a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.
More Quotes from Abigail Adams:If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation.
I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, 'Give, give.'
Well, knowledge is a fine thing, and mother Eve thought so; but she smarted so severely for hers, that most of her daughters have been afraid of it since.
I begin to think, that a calm is not desirable in any situation in life. Man was made for action and for bustle too, I believe.
If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women.
. . . a habit the pleasure of which increases with practice, but becomes more urksome with neglect.
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To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground.